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Ford Explorer • Toyota Avalon Ford Explorer • Toyota Avalon

The Ford Explorer This Explorer is a significantly larger vehicle than before. It is roomy inside and offers three rows of seating.

This new Toyota Avalon Though Toyota classifies it as a premium midsize sedan, the Avalon sure looks and feels like a full size car to us.

NISSAN SENTRA ••• HONDA CIVIC HYBRID NISSAN SENTRA ••• HONDA CIVIC HYBRID

The Nissan Sentra is the compact sedan in the Nissan family. In fact the new seventh-generation Sentra is now larger than its big brother the Altima was just 10 years ago.

This new Honda Civic is quieter and more composed than previous models. It feels more poised and mature.

CHRYSLER 300S ••• MAZDA CX-5 CHRYSLER 300S  •••  MAZDA CX-5

Chrysler’s 300 was first introduced in 2005 as a pleasant large sedan. Its square jawed look carried great appeal as the first rear-wheel drive large sedan from the Chrysler stable in decades.

The CX-5 from Mazda is their interpretation of what a compact SUV should really be. Not only is it useful and right-sized, but it also offers a good helping of Zoom Zoom.

CAMRY HYBRID ••• ACURA RDX CAMRY HYBRID  •••  ACURA RDX

The Camry is totally new for 2012 and the XLE Hybrid version that I tested was impressive on many fronts.
Acura has just introduced a totally new and improved RDX SUV.

Buick Verano & Volkswagen Passat Buick Verano & Volkswagen Passat

by Kelly Foss
Buick has filled the vehicle with purposeful technology. This includes touch screen navigation, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, voice command, text-to-speech conversion of SMS text messages, Pandora and Stitcher to name a few.

Though the Passat is substantial, it somehow manages to maintain its lithe supple road manners and responsiveness. Part of the joy of owning a VW is how it drives and handles. The Passat still delivers on that expectation.

Toyota Prius C and Jaguar XF Toyota Prius C and Jaguar XF

By Kelly Foss
The Evoque delivers premium levels of craftsmanship, luxury, performance and renowned Land Rover Evoque multi-terrain capability in a more compact package.
The XTS is a large elegant sedan that derives its luxury though technology according to Cadillac.

Range Rover Evoque & Cadillac XTS Range Rover Evoque & Cadillac XTS

By Kelly Foss
The Evoque delivers premium levels of craftsmanship, luxury, performance and renowned Land Rover Evoque multi-terrain capability in a more compact package.
The XTS is a large elegant sedan that derives its luxury though technology according to Cadillac.

Suzuki Kazashi & Chevrolet Malibu Eco Suzuki Kazashi & Chevrolet Malibu Eco

By Kelly Foss
The basic design philosophy of the Kazashi is to build a rugged yet refined car that is both efficient and fun to drive.
The Chevrolet Malibu Eco uses a standard 2.4 liter EcoTech 4 cylinder engine and adds a mild electric motor assist using the simplest, least complex technology possible.

SCION IQ & Mercedes C250 Coupe SCION IQ & Mercedes C250 Coupe

The SCION IQ as an expression of the New Urbanism.

Though smaller and less expensive, the C Coupe still has Mercedes presence and its rock solid feel.

Volkswagen EOS and BMW X3 Volkswagen EOS and BMW X3

The magic of the EOS is that this city sized car is fitted with an ingenious 3-piece hardtop that, at the press of a button, folds neatly into the trunk.

The X3 is a premium vehicle and comes with the upscale accoutrements and level of refinement that one would expect from BMW.

Chevy Sonic, and Mercedes S350 Diesel Chevy Sonic, and Mercedes S350 Diesel

The new Chevy Sonic is the replacement subcompact and is worlds better than its predecessor.
The S Class is the large luxury sedan from Mercedes. It’s big, substantial, has presidential presence and is full of technology.

Jeep Grand Cherokee & Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Jeep Grand Cherokee & Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

The Plug-in Prius is fundamentally different because it can be pre-charged.
The Acura TL styling is attractive, rich-looking and tastefully crafted.

Nissan Versa And The Ford Focus Nissan Versa And The Ford Focus

The Nissan Versa if sweeping and stylish, yet the interior is positively cavernous.

Ford Focus has the luxury items and technology of larger, more expensive Ford vehicles compressed into a compact.

Toyota Prius Plug-in and Acura TL Toyota Prius Plug-in and Acura TL

The Plug-in Prius is fundamentally different because it can be pre-charged.
The Acura TL styling is attractive, rich-looking and tastefully crafted.

Buick Regal and the Chrysler 200 Buick Regal and the Chrysler 200

BUICK REGAL – engaging, refined and appealing …
CHRYSLER 200 – the styling was masterfully designed …

SUBARU Outback & HONDA Civic SUBARU Outback & HONDA Civic

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SUBARU OUTBACK
The Subaru Outback recently has been  enlarged and redone. There is a very broad array of vehicles claiming to be “crossovers”— most come from scaling down truck-based SUV’s. A few try to inflate their …

Dodge Durango and the Smart for Two Dodge Durango and the Smart for Two

Dodge Durango & Smart For Two